Spaghetti squash is a staple in my kitchen as you can use it as a pasta replacement in any dish you please! When cooked, it comes out in strands that resemble spaghetti noodles. It is a great source of fiber and vitamin A, and also contains vitamin C and other antioxidants; therefore it has much more nutritional value then regular pasta.
There are many different ways to cook spaghetti squash, but I now have my favourite as it consistently comes out with the perfect texture, not too hard or too mushy!
Cut squash in half lengthwise
Put squash cut side down in a baking dish
Add up to a cup of water to the dish so that it’s base is fully covered
Bake at 375 F for about 40 minutes, or until tender
When ready, use a fork to rake the squash into “pasta”
Once cooked, you can top it with anything that would would put on regular spaghetti noodles!
It is harvested early in the fall season, so you’ll be seeing them in your grocery stores soon!
With the hot summer weather, I find that I don’t crave heavy meals, like pasta as much. However, I can still enjoy my favourite pasta dishes by using a great pasta alternative that is much lighter: zucchini noodles, aka zoodles!
Zoodles are also great way to get more veggies into your diet because after you smother them in all your delicious toppings, you can’t even tell that they aren’t real noodles! So if you have a picky eater in your family, test out some zoodles to sneak some extra nutrients in 🙂
What makes this pesto special? Well for starters, it’s incredibly flavourful and super fast to make (this bowl was ready to eat in under 30 minutes). Now, if you’re looking for the health reasons to be eating this meal, then look no further. This bowl of pasta has: